Animal Crossing New Horizons Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer - Everything We Know

Animal Crossing New Horizons Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer - Everything We Know

Here's our guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons for the Switch, including the release date, gameplay trailer, and more.

Animal Crossing New Horizons will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in March 2020, and it certainly looks like Tom Nook's in charge. In this guide compiling all the details you need on the upcoming game, we'll be going over the Animal Crossing New Horizons release date, the various trailers and gameplay snippets we've seen so far, and much more.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Release Date

At the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019, the new Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch was revealed to be called 'New Horizons.' It was also here that the final Animal Crossing release date was revealed to be March 20, 2020.

Below, you can see the charming new trailer for Animal Crossing New Horizons. The name isn't without good reason, because this time we're flying to a desert island and starting up our own town, instead of joining an existing town.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Gameplay

Nintendo first announced the release date for Animal Crossing New Horizons at their E3 Direct, but Nintendo Treehouse showcased some brand new gameplay after the Direct was over. You can check out the extended gameplay demo for New Horizons just below, with commentary from two members of the development team at Nintendo.

This time, we're going to a deserted island instead of a town, in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Whereas before we were starting a new life in an existing village, we're going to be building our very own town from the ground up, instead of integrating into an already existing place. In fact, you start out with nothing but a tent in New Horizons.

Just like in Happy Home Designer, you can move items around in your home in half-measures, giving you more control over individual items that you want to rearrange. You can also place furniture outside in New Horizons, and we can see the player character camping outside in the gameplay above.

For the first time in the Animal Crossing series, we're able to change the skin tone of our character in Animal Crossing New Horizons. This is a first for the entire Animal Crossing series, since whereas before you could customize certain features about your character like their eyes and mouth, you could never change their skin tone.

Just below, you can see the Animal Crossing New Horizons gameplay that was released by Nintendo in early September. We got a look at Tom Nook's holiday company in New Horizons, as well as the crafting system that will let you construct tools like axes and spades.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Trailer

The Nintendo Direct on September 13, 2018 included news that Animal Crossing's Isabelle is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Following this reveal, a short video featuring Animal Crossing loan shark Tom Nook revealed that a brand new Animal Crossing is coming to Switch in 2019. Nook says that he needs to get to work on making sure the animals currently camping and smashing have somewhere new to live when they return. The Animal Crossing Switch reveal trailer ends with the news that the game is releasing in 2019.

Animal Crossing Series History

Animal Crossing has been a popular Nintendo franchise since 2001, although there have been surprisingly few mainline entries in the series. In fact, the previous mainline Animal Crossing game released for 3DS in 2012 (2013 in North America). Between then and 2019's Animal Crossing Switch the franchise saw three spin-off games.

  • Animal Crossing - GameCube (2001 in Japan/2002 in North America)
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World - DS (2005)
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk - Wii (2008)
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 3DS (2012 in Japan/2013 in North America)
  • Animal Crossing - Switch (2019)

Animal Crossing Spin-Off Games

  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer - 3DS (2015)
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival - Wii U (2015)
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - Mobile (2017)

That's all we know about Animal Crossing Switch. Given that the game is probably a year or so from release, we'll keep this page updated with more info as and when Nintendo reveals more.

For a look at all of the other confirmed games for 2019, be sure to head over to our 2019 Game Releases Guide. You'll find a regularly updated list of 2019 games, sorted by release date, and by platform.

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